The Houston Rockets acquired Victor Oladipo from the Indiana Pacers as part of a 4-team deal that sent James Harden to Brooklyn on January 13th. Since joining the Rockets, Oladipo is averaging just 18.4 ppg, shooting 39% from the field and less than 30% from three. Now, as the trade deadline approaches, the Rockets may be looking to move away from Oladipo and acquire more assets, as they deal with an injured roster. Here are three trades that could see Oladipo in a place with a role and helps the Rockets initiate their next stage.
A three-team deal here sends Victor Oladipo to the Kings with Mavericks Forward James Johnson. For the Rockets, it provides a bit of youth, acquiring former second overall pick Marvin Bagley to pair in the frontcourt with Christian Wood. For the Mavericks, they acquire PJ Tucker and Buddy Hield to give the team a sense of direction. As the Mavericks currently sit towards the bottom of the Western Conference standings, a trade for these two players could help them both on the court and in the locker room.
For the Kings, they get rid of two disgruntled players, one of which is on a bad contract. Adding Victor Oladipo on a one-year rental gives a great veteran presence next to De’Aaron Fox, while also adding a future first-round pick from the Mavericks. Oladipo could also potentially resign in Sacramento, although unlikely. James Johnson and Oladipo add a level of toughness to the team, which the Kings could really use as their defensive rating ranks last in the league.
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The Celtics have a massive $30m TPE from the Gordon Hayward trade. According to NBCSports, the Celtics are “up to something”. With the Rockets looking to move on from PJ Tucker, the salaries of Oladipo and Tucker fit the Celtics’ TPE.
The Celtics would send two young players who are out of rotation as well as Daniel Theis to the Rockets. They would also send a 2nd round pick and a pick swap. Daniel Theis adds size to a Rockets team that desperately needs it. Oladipo and Tucker in Boston add much-needed skill and depth.
The trade also allows Boston to have some flexibility with their decision on Kemba Walker. By acquiring Oladipo and Tucker, Boston will be able to compete with the likes of Philadelphia and Brooklyn.
New York Knicks
It was reported recently by NYPost‘s Mark Berman that the Knicks withheld Frank Ntilikina for future deals. Oladipo fits the defensive mindset the Knicks are moving towards and fills a hole at the shooting guard. The Knicks would send Ntilikina, Nerlens Noel, and Obi Toppin for Oladipo and Tucker. Obi Toppin has been one of the less impactful draft picks this season, as he is a project pick.
With Ntilikina out of rotation in New York and Noel being repetitive on the roster, the Knicks would use Obi to sweeten the deal for Houston. Acquiring Oladipo would help the Knicks with a playoff push. Conversely, the acquisition of Toppin would give the Rockets another young player to train under Coach Stephen Silas.